Shoplifting Suspects Target Local Stores
Nearly a Dozen Suspects Caught on Store Surveillance Shoplifting
Multiple shoplifting suspects have been arrested in connection to a massive shoplifting ring which spanned several cities in the Southeast.
Retail shops in Columbus, Auburn, Opelika, Lagrange and Montgomery were targeted in the scheme.
Nearly a dozen suspects are seen on surveillance video taking the goods from stores like Macy’s and Dillard’s at Peachtree Mall and shops at Columbus Park Crossing.
Police Major JD Hawk credited store security for the quick identification of the suspects.
“They had repeatedly noticed the same individuals coming in stealing from their store and making off with their goods and then they would take the stuff and either try and return it at different stores in these different cities or they would go on and try to sell the stuff on either Facebook or online sale sites, ” Major Hawk said.
Investigators have since recovered thousands in stolen merchandise and made multiple arrests.
Lartosha Robinson, Antonio Butler, Isis Lovelace, Amarri Bailey, Francheska Penn, Antoinette Stafford, Yasmine Stafford are charged with felony shoplifting. Warrants are still outstanding for Eric Stafford and Temiko Lashay Reed. Jessica James and Tiara Woodyard are in custody in another jurisdiction.
Police Major JD Hawk tells First News the odds of getting busted nowadays are pretty good thanks to modern technology.
“You go into most stores nowadays there’s cameras everywhere and you might get away with it right then and get out that door but in this case they were already out the door but in this case they were already out the door gone with the stuff and guess what? They’re going to jail,” Major Hawk said.